Blue Bell ice cream is one of the most beloved dairy products brands in West Virginia. In fact, it is a brand that isn’t often heard in the news in a negative light. Unfortunately, after nearly 110 years of no problems or mentions of dangerous or defective products, Blue Bell may be the recent culprit of a listeria outbreak.
At this time, four individuals have become ill due to defective Blue Bell ice cream. Allegedly, all four of the individuals had consumed milkshakes that were made with the ice cream while in the hospital. Sadly, three of these four individuals have passed away from the infection.
It seems as if the products that are primarily affected by this listeria outbreak are Great Divide Bars, Chocolate Chip Country Cookie Sandwiches, Scoops, Cotton Candy Bar (single and six packs), Sour Pop Green Apple Bar (single and six packs), Almond Bars, Vanilla Stick Slices and No Sugar Added Mooo Bars (12 pack). Blue Bell says that these products were removed in March 2015 from market shelves; however, contaminated ice cream products may still be in numerous freezers across the country. Consumers should take action and immediately dispose of any ice cream products that run the risk of being contaminated.
The scary thing with listeria is that symptoms don’t always appear immediately. For victims in West Virginia who believe they have suffered serious injuries as a result of listeria-contaminated food, it is important to consider what legal options are available. It is likely that one will suffer physically, emotionally and financially, and a products liability claim citing dangerous or defective products may be an appropriate course of action to move forward.
Source: fox17online.com, “Blue Bell ice cream products linked to three listeria deaths; recall announced“, March 15, 2015